STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)The Citrus Bowl this season will feature an intriguing matchup between No. 14 Kentucky and No. 12 Penn State. Even though the Nittany Lions will enter this game as the favorites, the Wildcats aren’t strangers to being the underdog.Most predictions will have Trace McSorley leading Penn State to one more victory before he graduates. Nonetheless, one member of ESPN’s College GameDay crew has high expectations for Kentucky.Chris “The Bear” Fallica usually does tons of research before making his picks, which could be the reason behind his faith in the Wildcats. Well, history shows that SEC programs perform admirably when they’re not favored heading into a bowl game.From 247Sports:“That defense I think is going to cause a lot of problems for Trace McSorely and that Penn State offense,” Fallica said. “Josh Allen is a guy who can get after the quarterback and rush the passer, the secondary is very good. Penn State’s offensive line has struggled in pass pro at times this year.”“If you look traditionally at SEC teams that are this big of an underdog, the last 20 times they’ve been this big of a dog in a bowl game, 16-4 against the number, 11 outright wins,” Fallica said. “So, as bad as that Kentucky offense is, I think the Wildcats give Penn State a fourth-quarter fight.”With Benny Snell Jr. and Josh Allen suiting up for the Wildcats, shocking the Nittany Lions on the national stage would be the perfect ending to their collegiate career.The Citrus Bowl will take place on New Year’s Day, as the game will be broadcast on ABC.Defeating Penn State would truly be a signature moment for Kentucky’s football program.
Thirteen projects across the province are receiving grants to provide victims of sexual violence with the support they need. “We need to make sure survivors and their families can get the help they need no matter where they live,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Status of Women. “These approved projects are taking a collaborative and coordinated approach to address sexual violence across the province. They are an important step to help prevent and address sexual violence. “We know, and have heard that there are gaps in services for victims of sexual violence. Today’s funding will help community organizations strengthen their network to improve sexual assault services and provide a better future for families through projects like these.” In May, the province announced $200,000 in grants to support collaboration between organizations that address sexual violence. Organizations can use funding to expand upon partnerships, or to support proposals for potential demonstration projects being announced in September. “Today’s project funding will enable us to build more robust collaborative linkages with existing services for victims,” said Paula Marshall, executive director of the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network, Eskasoni office. “This is a positive step to help us move from passively serving aboriginal women to a more active and engaged stance.” The grants are part of the province’s $1.1 million investment to address sexual violence. It builds upon the emergency funding some community organizations received in May, when they experienced an increase demand for their services. “Over the past three months there has been a collective determination to do things differently – and it’s happening,” said Ms. More. “From working differently together to ensuring services are developed in under-served areas, we are helping more survivors get support and we are taking steps to help change the culture around this issue, recognizing we still have a long way to go to end sexual violence.” More information, visit http://novascotia.ca.